Arc Flash Conference – call for papers

May 27th, 2015, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize


Arc flashArc flash is arguably one of the most topical issues being discussed in the electrical engineering community in South Africa and worldwide (especially in the mining, utilities and manufacturing areas). Technology and safety procedures have significantly reduced most other forms of electrical injuries; however incidents related to arc flash have surfaced as one of the leading causes of injury and death to workers.

The Arc Flash Conference, which is being organised by the IDC, is scheduled to take place in Johannesburg on 25 and 26 November 2015. The venue is still to be announced.

The conference organisers are seeking speakers for the conference who have a desire to discuss the issues involved and want to help reduce the number of arc flash incidents in South Africa.

They need electrical professionals who are passionate about improving the procedures of arc flash safety in the industry. At the conclusion of this conference the IDC wants its delegates to have a thorough understanding of arc flash hazards, analysis concepts and selection of appropriate personal protective equipment.

Suggested topics include:

Arc flash research and case studies
Arc flash calculations
Working distances and flash boundaries
Arc flash assessments
Practical solutions for reducing arc flash hazards
Electrical hazards and effects on humans
Data collecting and system modelling
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Guidance on safe isolation procedures
Isolator/disconnect switch techniques
Isolator switch technology
Flash protection approach boundaries
Hazard risk category
Codes and standards – overview, review and critique – NFPA 70E/IEEE 1584 /ESAA NENS 09- 2004/ CSA-Z462
Practical electrical isolation for the avoidance of arc flash risk and injuries

All submissions welcome

Download the call for papers here

Speaking slots will be allocated on topic suitability and on a first-in basis.

To register your interest in presenting a paper, or for sponsorship details

Contact Isabell Sibanda, IDC, Tel 011 024-5520,

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